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A Phase I Study Using Submyeloablative DOsing of Intravenous Busulfan (Busulfex) for Refractory Brain Tumors

Phase 1
3 Years
21 Years
Not Enrolling
Refractory Brain Tumors

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Trial Information

A Phase I Study Using Submyeloablative DOsing of Intravenous Busulfan (Busulfex) for Refractory Brain Tumors

Pediatric brain tumors remain among the most common malignancies in childhood, second only
to leukemia, representing 20% of all childhood cancers in the United States (1). Although
significant strides have been made in therapies for other pediatric malignancies, mortality
for patients with brain tumors remains high. The mainstay of therapy for CNS tumors has been
a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. High dose chemotherapy with stem
cell transplant has been proposed as an alternative to radiation, in very young children and
for relapsed patients. Stem cell transplantation however is not without significant side
effects as well as transplant related mortality.

Busulfan is an alkylating agent and is able to exert its cytotoxic effects through
hydrolysis and subsequent production of carbonium ions, directly alkylating DNA, interfering
with its replication, and ultimately leading to cell death (2). Busulfan readily crosses
the blood barrier, allowing for CNS levels nearly equal to those of plasma levels (5,6).

Primary Objectives:

To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of Busulfex ® in children with recurrent,
progressive, or refractory primary brain tumors.

Secondary Objectives:

To obtain preliminary data regarding progression free survival (PFS) and event free survival
(EFS) when Busulfex ® is used at submyeloablative doses in children with recurrent,
progressive, or refractory primary brain tumors.

To describe the plasma pharmacokinetics of Busulfex ® in children with recurrent,
progressive, or refractory primary brain tumors, using a continuous infusion.

Inclusion Criteria:

Age: Age >2 year and ≤ 21 years Histologic Diagnosis Any histological proven (confirmed by
institutional pathology report; pathology slides from outside referring outside
institutions are not required.) recurrent or progressive CNS tumor. (optic pathway and
brainstem gliomas allowed without histologic verification, but must have diagnostic

Life Expectancy Patients must have a life expectancy of ≥ 2 months. Prior Therapy There is
no limit to the number of prior therapies a patient has received

- Must be ≥ 3 weeks from myelosuppressive chemotherapy (6 weeks from nitrosoureas) and
have demonstrated recovery (ANC ≥ 1000/uL) from their last course of chemotherapy

- ≥ 6 months following allogeneic stem cell transplantation

- ≥ 3 months following autologous stem cell transplantation

- ≥ 3 months from craniospinal radiation

- ≥ 4 weeks from focal radiation

- ≥ 7 days from any past biologic/immunotherapy

- ≥ 1 week from any hematopoietic growth factors Concomitant Medication

- Patients taking Itraconazole or Phenytoin will be excluded. Patients must be off of
these medications for at least 3 days prior to entering this trial. If the patient is
taking phenytoin for seizures at the time of study enrollment, it must be stopped at
least 3 days prior to starting therapy and Clonazepam will be substituted during the
Busulfex ® infusions and for 24 hours following the infusion.

- Patients on growth stimulating factors, such as GCSF, will be allowed to continue
these medications only as indicated in the study.

- Patients may be taking steroids while participating in this trial, but should be on a
stable dose for >1 week prior to enrollment.

- Medications interacting with the CYP3A4 substrate should also be avoided while the
patient is on study.

- Patients should also be on Pneumocystis prophylaxis while participating in this
study. Pentamidine will be required, with a recommended dose of 4 mg/kg given
intravenously every month. Pentamidine should continue throughout the duration of
the trial.

Organ Function Requirements Adequate Bone Marrow Function Defined As

- Peripheral absolute neutrophil count (ANC) greater than or equal to 1000/ul (off
growth factors x 48 hrs)

- Platelet count greater than or equal to 100,000/uL (transfusion independent)

- Hemoglobin greater than or equal to 8.0 gm/dL (may receive RBC transfusions) Adequate
Renal Function Defined As

- Serum creatinine less than or equal to 1.5 x upper limit of normal, or

- Estimated creatinine clearance GFR greater than or equal to 70 ml/min/1.73 m² by the
Schwartz formula Adequate Liver Function Defined As

- Total bilirubin within normal range

- SGPT (ALT) within normal range Adequate Pulmonary Function Defined As

- Oxygen saturation >92% on room air Central Nervous System Function Defined As

- Patients with seizure disorder may be enrolled; Patients MUST be on an anti-seizure
medication upon enrollment, but this medication CANNOT be phenytoin or carbamezepine.

- Patients must not be in status, coma or assisted ventilation prior to study

- Stable neurologic exam of at least 1 week duration Performance Level Karnofsky/
Lansky 50 or greater

Exclusion Criteria:

- Pregnancy/Contraception: patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding will not be

- Patients of childbearing potential must practice an effective method of birth control
while participating on the study.

- Females > 13 years of age or those who have achieved menarche must have a negative
pregnancy test prior to study entry.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

maximum tolerated dose (MTD)

Outcome Time Frame:

2 years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Stewart Goldman, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago


United States: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:

CNS 1100



Start Date:

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Refractory Brain Tumors
  • Progressive or Recurrent CNS Tumors
  • Progressive or Recurrent Brain Tumors
  • Progressive or Recurrent Ependymoma
  • Progressive or Recurrent High Grade Glioma
  • Progressive or Recurrent Astrocytoma
  • Progressive or Recurrent Medulloblastoma
  • Progressive or Recurrent Glioblastoma
  • Progressive or Recurrent Low Grade Glioma
  • Brain Neoplasms



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